Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Times: The Church must stop trivialising Easter

Bishop Tom Wright in The Times: Christians must keep their nerve: the Resurrection isn’t a metaphor, it’s a physical fact

"....Easter has been sidelined because this message doesn't fit our prevailing world view. For at least 200 years the West has lived on the dream that we can bring justice and beauty to the world all by ourselves. The split between God and the “real” world has produced a public life that lurches between anarchy and tyranny, and an aesthetic that swings dramatically between sentimentalism and brutalism. But we still want to do things our own way, even though we laugh at politicians who claim to be saving the world, and artists who claim “inspiration” when they put cows in formaldehyde. The world wants to hush up the real meaning of Easter. Death is the final weapon of the tyrant or, for that matter, the anarchist, and resurrection indicates that this weapon doesn't have the last word. When the Church begins to work with Easter energy on the twin tasks of justice and beauty, we may find that it can face down the sneers of sceptics, and speak once more of Jesus in a way that will be heard." 

ht: Adrian Reynolds ditto his reservations about NTW, but on the resurrection he's excellent, and I love his language here.